AJA Video Systems has launched #TryCION, a new promotion seeding 100 CION cameras with qualified shooters. This new programme, currently only available in North America, provides filmmakers, cinematographers and camera operators with easy access to CION to see and experience the camera first hand in production.
“AJA is known for its generosity to customers with our support, return and warranty programmes, and as a private, diverse company we can make bold moves to show the community that we’re very committed to the professional camera market,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “We’ve invested heavily in building out a special try-and-buy loaner pool of CION cameras that we’re making available so that any interested shooters can experience this camera and the incredible film-like beauty of these images for themselves before committing to a purchase.”
Speaking at NAB 2015, AJA said: “For us, we just want to put Cion in the hands of the users.”
In related news, AJA Video Systems and Atomos announced that the Shogun portable recorder will support external recording of AJA Raw files captured by the CION professional production camera.
“We are very pleased to welcome the AJA CION to the Shogun family, our goal is to sit on top of the best image producing devices in the world, CION’s unique design and pristine image quality have captured the attention of Shogun users and we simply had to support it,” said Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO. “We’re delighted to announce RAW and Avid DNxHR support for the CION at NAB this year, offering both AJA and Shogun customers enhanced functionality and flexibility.”
“Shogun is an established player in portable recorders, with support for many compressed codecs, and now it will offer CION customers an excellent solution for recording pristine AJA Raw,” said AJA president Nick Rashby. “We’re pleased to bring AJA customers an integrated workflow with CION and Shogun to easily record CION’s uncompressed 4K Raw format.”
Atomos Shogun users will now be able to record CION’s AJA Raw at 4K and UltraHD resolutions, at up to 60fps. The AJA Raw format offers simple post production workflow options as it is processed into a common DNG file wrapper supported by major content creation, editing and finishing tools, including new ingest/playout support in AJAs 4K Desktop products.